Sure they want to balance the budget, but why be myopic and rigid. The real
job is to oversee a balanced state and a balanced state economy. That
intrinsicly means moderation. Thoughtful, well conceived changes, moderately
engaged that will bring society closer to what seems a healthy balance of all
factors - towards harmony, not jarring dissonance.
Germany has laws to allow reduction in work hours in a downturn/crisis. This
alleviates the turmoil of redundancy payments, corporate collapses, cents in
the dollar insolvencies....They provide relief amidst crisis (which pass)
then recoup after. By nurturing a stable society they can enjoy better
standards of living - reducing turmoil - destruction of value. Balancing
excesses is the secret to stability.